Shape-shifting uncategorizable post-colonialist DELSINKI may not yet be the sort of household name that such a striking nom de musique warrants, but in the last 18 months or so he’s certainly made a name for himself as the producer of KEEP THE CIRCLE UNBROKEN – a hit show paying tribute to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s legendary album and Americana/Alt-country touchstone Will The Circle Be Unbroken – and SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE – a new and similarly loved series of “in the round” shows that recently completed a successful run in regional Victoria and is set to go again.
Both projects have seen Delsinki step out from his role as sideman – for Brooke Taylor in her Poison Spitting Gin Queens – and band member/songwriter – for Row Jerry Crow – into a more centrally creative role; one which brings people together to make something special. It’s something he experienced the joys of a few years back when he lucked his way into an Australian Chamber Orchestra project called ‘The Reef’ which included Steve Pigram, Mark Atkins, Jim Moginie & Brian Ritchie, and it’s clearly something he’s good at.
Now Delsinki has decided to take back up another set of creative reins with the completion of his second album CITY/COUNTRY, which follows And There Was Found, No Place For Them, which was released in 2018.
Debuting at #3 on the ARIA – Australian Country Music chart City/Country is produced by Cameron McKenzie (Mark Seymour & the Undertow), whose educated ear and fierce commitment to detail takes these latest 10 tracks by Delsinki to new heights, City/County reflects Delsinki’s last few years, mixing it large with other songwriters and getting to the nitty gritty of a song. A bower bird par excellence, Delsinki’s approach contains traces of author Tim Winton and painter John Brack alongside his musical influences, giving him a unique artistic vision of contemporary Australian life. Like some sort of city-bound bush poet, Delsinki sings of his environment – from carbon monoxide and asphalt plains to lockdowns and the dream of escape – and he feels the ever present lure of nature. He would seek to rewild the city, but sees the city’s impact on regional areas.
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